PetSmart issued a voluntary recall on February 8, 2017 of one production lot of its Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food sold on PetSmart.com, Pet360.com, PetFoodDirect.com and in nationwide PetSmart retail stores. This product is being voluntarily recalled as a precautionary measure due to metal contamination that could potentially be a choking hazard to pets according to a notice on the PetSmart web site.
“Metal contamination” is a little vague but we assume this means metal fragments in the food since it refers to a choking hazard.
This recall was initiated after receiving notification from the manufacturer of consumer complaints. PetSmart says that it has not received any consumer complaints about the food at this time.
Greatt Choice made our 10 Worst Dog Foods List back in November 2016.
According to various sources, Grreat Choice canned foods are made for PetSmart by Simmons Global Pet Food, possibly in Arkansas, though other facilities may also make the food. Simmons was founded in the late 1950s/early 1960s (depending on the source). The company has three wet pet food production facilities, a dry pet food facility, and a treats production facility in the U.S. and Canada. Simmons acquired Menu Foods in 2010. They manufacture many brands of foods, especially canned foods, for other pet food companies and generally have a good reputation.
The recalled products include the following Grreat Choice dog food sold between October 10, 2016 and February 7, 2017:
|Product Name||UPC||Best By Date or Lot Code|
|Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food with Chicken & Rice Classic Ground, 13.2 oz. cans||7-3725726116-7||Best By
The Best By date can be found on the bottom of the can.
No other Grreat Choice products are impacted by this issue. PetSmart says that it is not aware of any reported cases of illness or injury related to this product at this time.
If you purchased the recalled food you should stop feeding it to your dog immediately. Return any remaining cans to your local PetSmart store for full refund or exchange.
For more information about the voluntary recall or if you have any questions, contact PetSmart Customer Service at 1-888-839-9638 between 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. CST.
Grreat Choice has had previous recalls. In January 2009 PetSmart recalled a wide range of Grreat Choice dog biscuits due to the potential for Salmonella contamination. In March 2007 numerous cans of Grreat Choice dog food were recalled when they were contaminated with melamine, along with many other canned dog foods at the time. (Thanks to Petful.com for the archived recall information.)
We note that Blue Buffalo has also had a canned dog food recall this week because of the same concerns over metal contamination.
You can view other varieties of Grreat Choice canned foods on the PetSmart site here.
PetSmart is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. The company has 1,352 locations in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. It is owned by BC Partners in the United Kingdom. They acquired PetSmart for $8.7 billion in 2014.